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TABLE OF CONTENTS

HAPPY VALENTINE'S FROM THE STUDIO

QUOTABLE ART QUOTES

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOPS

TIME TO BRUSH UP!

CARD MAKING CLASSES! NEW! NEW!

VISION BOARDS NEW! NEW!

AN INVITATION TO A MINI CONFERENCE

PAINT IN FUND RAISER

RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO




Hello painting friends and Happy Valentine's day to all of you who are in love.

As you know from last month's newsletter, we are nursing Gus since he underwent TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery on February 5th.

The studio remains quiet until he is well enough to greet all of his friends.

I do have some workshops coming up soon but not as many as I usually do.

Thanks for your patience as I get things going again as the pooch heals.

Happy painting everyone!

Cheryl









MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOPS

Here are the upcoming mixed media workshops.




DECORATIVE PAINTING

A Refresher Course!

Here's the new schedule.


MAKE YOUR OWN GREETING CARDS

WITH LYNNE SHRUBSOLE MATTHIEU!!

I've invited Lynne to teach card making because I just love her energy and enthusiasm for her craft and life in general. Plus she's a really nice lady whose picture should be in the dictionary next to the word spunky.

Learn the IRIS FOLD technique and create beautiful cards. It's easy and fun to play with gorgeous, colourful papers while you enjoy coffee or tea and some baked goodies!

DATE: Saturday, March 27, 2010

OR

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TIME: 10:00am to 1:00pm

CLASS FEE: $30.00 and includes all supplies, paper and card stock.

Lynne is bringing all sorts of die cuts and other embellishing tools for you to play with too!

I plan on sitting in this class myself! You can sign up by going to the MINI WORKSHOP and scroll down to the PayPal button next to all the details.


VISION BOARDS


I've been creating vision boards recently as a way of focusing my thoughts and energy to help me achieve my goals and aspirations.

So far most areas of my life are going along just fine. I'm happy to report that using the vision boards is now helping me to lose weight. Yes, as corny as it may sound, it's working for me. Down 8 pounds and only ---- to go! (Like I'd really tell you!) :o)

Making vision boards is not difficult but it's easier when you first experiment with a facilitator. A group environment adds tremendous support and can provide even more clarity. It's an amazingly empowering process.

By clicking on the image above, you can read all about vision boards and how they may serve you in your life.

This is a great way to get a bunch of friends together for an affordable day long retreat. Your session includes lunch and much more!




3rd ANNUAL PAINT IN

FREE OPEN STUDIO TIME!!

Our 2009 annual Painting for Charity event to support

PARENTS' LIFELINES OF EASTERN ONTARIO was a huge success!!!

This year, 2010, we want you to help us raise $5,000.

For this reason, I will have OPEN STUDIO time available for free.

I am donating my time and studio space so we can all paint and enjoy the day while doing something good.

Blank wood ornaments, access to all paints and instructions will be supplied.

This is an ideal opportunity, if you've never painted before or haven't painted in ages to try it out for free!!!! So why not grab a bunch of friends and come for a play day!

If you know how to make cards, I'll have supplies on hand for that too. Cards are a big hit at our fund raising tables!

Please mark your calendars for:

THURSDAY, MAY 27

SATURDAY, MAY 29

THURSDAY, JUNE 17

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Here's all the information.


MINI ART CONFERENCE

The West Carleton Arts Society will be hosting COCKTAIL OF ART MINI CONFERENCE in the CARP MEMORIAL HALL, downtown Carp, Ontario on June 12, 2010.

As a member and a volunteer, I'm helping to organize this conference. Presently, we're polling members and non-members in order to find out what topics would be of interest. You don't have to be a member to come to the event.

Artists or anyone with interest in the arts are welcomed. If you're interested, why not fill out our really quick SURVEY.


RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO



Ah yes, the lowly baked beans. Comfort food personified! I don't know about you, but some old-fashioned casseroles are just feel good foods!

This recipe for baked beans is my all time favorite. It's economical, feeds a crowd, is nutritious and it's satisfying any time of year.

BAKED BEANS with MOLASSES

Serves 6 generously

INGREDIENTS

2 cups dried white beans (navy beans)

6 cups water

1 tsp salt

1 cup chopped onions

1/2 pound bacon, cut in 1-inch lengths

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup of molasses STEP-BY-STEP

Rinse the beans and then place them in a large saucepan to soak overnight in 6 cups of water.

The next day, add 1 tsp of salt to the soaking water, cover the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are tender, about 1 hour. Drain, but reserve the liquid.

Spoon half the beans into a bean pot or a deep baking dish and sprinkle with the onions and 1/2 the rest of the bacon pieces.

Cover with the remaining beans and top with the bacon.

Combine the remaining ingredients with 2 cups of the bean liquid and pour over the beans.

Cover and bake in 250F oven for 6 to 7 hours, adding more bean liquid to keep the beans moist. In the last hour of cooking, remove the lid.

The whole house smells good all day long!!! Enjoy!

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If you know me, you know I love cooking as much as I love making art.

So I have launched a new website which will become huge over the next few months.

It already boasts some terrific recipes which are ideal for entertaining any time of the year!!

You can now access all my best recipes here. If you want to share your favorite recipe with me, I'll cook it and do a taste test.

If it's as great as you say it is, I'll post it on the site and give you credit!

Enjoy!!



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